Global Citizen

This isn’t a concept I’ve spent any time thinking about before coming into this class. So after watching the PSA video that was at the bottom of the assignment and searching google, my definition of what it means to be a global citizen would be someone who is understanding of others, has respect for others, and feels a responsibility to humankind. A global citizen aligns their interests with those of the entire globe as opposed to simply limiting them to themselves, their community, their state, or nation. Their thought process is focused on improving life for everyone on Earth, not just acting on what would impact their immediate surroundings.

I do not think that there is a list of questions that can be asked to determine if someone is a global citizen or that there is an ideal type of global citizen. I believe that everyone is capable of being a global citizen, regardless of their means, nationality, race, sex, or other factors someone might consider as a limitation. Being a global citizen does not mean that you renounce or reject your nationality or nation.

The concept of a being a global citizen may seem to clash with the concept of being a national citizen for some people, but to me it seems like it should not. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your nationality or where you’re from, but the problem exists when people let this limit their thinking. Let’s look at major league baseball as an example. When the MLB was first created, it was comprised of only white or Caucasian players from the United States. Jackie Robinson broke this concept and was the first African-American to play on a MLB team. If you look at the MLB today, it has players from around the globe. The game has evolved and the best players do not simply come from the United States. Although the thought process might be different, the same ideology exists. In order to be the best society possible, we must include everyone around the globe.

Being a global citizen requires people to change their thought process to be understanding, respectful, and value humankind. There are no limitations that prevent someone from becoming a global citizen and there is no guarantee that simply because someone says they are a global citizen that they truly are. Only ones actions can truly speak for their global citizenship.

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Arcaro, Tom. “Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen.” 05 June 2013

Polman, Linda. War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern times. London: Viking, 2010. Print.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted June 8, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Great use of your deep understanding of MLB to illustrate your point. Take a look at the statement in the illustration on Tyler’s post; we can’t afford to allow the talent pool to be limited, indeed, out there among the bottom billion might be
    the greatest mind ever. Good start.

  2. Posted June 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I 100% agree that being a global citizen does not contradict being a national citizen. Having love for your culture and country shouldn’t make you incapable of respecting and appreciating others. In fact, I would say having your own strong roots can make you more appreciative of the passion people have for their customs.

  3. Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I like how you used MLB to answer what it means to be a global citizen. I agree with you on people have to change their perspectives in order to embrace others globally. Understanding and being repectful for other humans are first things that global citizens should start with.